Dr. Charise joined UTSC’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Health and Society (ICHS; formerly Health Studies) in 2014 from the University of Iowa where she was Postdoctoral Fellow-in-Residence at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. Her teaching and research focus on health humanities and humanistic approaches to health studies; the novel and nineteenth-century British writing (the field in which she earned her PhD); old age and age studies; embodiment; critical theory; metaphorics; narrative training for health professionals; and interdisciplinarity. Dr. Charise is currently completing a book entitled Aging, Population, and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination, which explores how the invention of population in the early nineteenth century impacted broader cultural conceptualizations of older age. Her articles have appeared in venues ranging from Victorian Studies and English Literary History to Age, Culture, Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Journal and Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities. In addition to receiving recognition for her teaching and scholarship in literature (including the 2014 Polanyi Prize for Literature and UTSC’s 2016 Professor of the Year), Dr. Charise has had a productive career as a medical researcher in geriatrics and clinical epidemiology. She holds faculty appointments in the University of Toronto’s Graduate Department of English and the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry alongside her undergraduate duties at UTSC.
English and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health and Society